Failure to Signal Puts Minden Man in deeper Trouble with Local Law Enforcement

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Cartavious R. Davis, 29, of the 1200 block of Shreveport Road, was arrested by Minden Police for possession with intent to distribute Schedule I (Marijuana) and two counts of Schedule II (Amphetamine).

Other charges include possession with intent of Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Schedule II (Crack Cocaine), Schedule I (Ecstasy), Schedule III (Buprenorphine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Davis also had two warrants for firearms charges – possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

In addition, police charged Davis with resisting an officer, resisting an officer with force or violence and failure to signal a turn.

According to Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, Sergeant Brandon Curry was patrolling the area of Pershing Street around 4 p.m. when he observed a white Buick with Texas tags turning from Pershing to Jackson Street without signaling first.

“After making this observation, Sgt. Curry activated his emergency light on his patrol unit, so he could speak with the driver of the vehicle,” Cropper said. “He stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Columbia and Jackson streets where the driver was identified as Davis.

Cropper said Curry reported smelling the odor of Marijuana emitting from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Curry said Davis could not present a driver’s license or insurance, however, he did provide paperwork indicating recent purchase of the vehicle.

“Davis then explained he did not have a license, but he gave the sergeant his name and date of birth,” Cropper said.

Lt. Kenneth James reportedly arrived on the scene as Davis was exiting his vehicle for a pat-down. A search of Davis’ vehicle allegedly uncovered a blunt inside the passenger compartment.

“Davis was instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his back,” Cropper said. “In doing so, Davis flung his hands toward officers and fled on foot toward Pershing Street.”

James and Curry reportedly pursued Davis on foot, giving loud verbal commands to stop.

After capturing Davis,  search of the vehicle reportedly yielded 9.13 grams of Marijuana, 1.3 grams of Crack Cocaine, 28.1 grams of Methamphetamine, 40 Ecstasy pills, 48 Amphetamine/Dextramphetamine pills, 30 Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine pills, 5 Buprenophine Hydrochloride pills, one digital scale, one package of swisher sweets, one loaded .38 S&W Model 925 and $105 in cash.

Davis was booked and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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